A Lahore High Court full bench, headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, had adjourned the hearing of a treason plea against former prime ministers, Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and journalist Cyril Almeida, until November 19.
Abbasi and Almeida appeared before the bench along with their lawyers. However, the petitioner’s lawyer was not present. Advocate Naseer Bhutta filed an application on behalf of Nawaz Sharif seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance before the bench.
Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, said that affidavit of the applicant, is mandatory for the exemption application. To this Advocate Bhutta said the “application will be filed afresh along with the required affidavit.” Moreover, Almeida’s lawyer sought permission to allow his client to visit abroad. The bench directed the counsel to “file an application to this effect, which will be decided in accordance with law.”
The petitioner had pleaded that “former premier Nawaz Sharif on May 11, 2018 during his interview to a national daily stated that those who attacked a hotel in Mumbai actually belonged to Pakistan.” The petitioner accused Abbasi in the treason case for sharing National Security Council (NSC) details, despite Sharif had been disqualified from holding any public office.
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17 November, 2019